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Pawnee Rangers 

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Ron's Pawnee Rangers and Leslie's competing scout group, the Pawnee Goddesses, share a weekend in the wilderness, Ben joins Tom and Donna on "Treat Yo Self Day," and Chris takes an interest in Jerry's daughter.


Charles McDougall


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott ... Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe ... Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Sarah Wright ... Millicent Gergich
Jacob Bertrand ... Darren
Dani Fish ... Lauren
Kayla Simpkins Kayla Simpkins ... Casey (as Ayla M. Simpkins)
Annalise Basso ... Abigail


In an effort to fight the inequality of Ron's boys-only wilderness group, Leslie takes her girls-only troop, the Pawnee Goddesses, on an adventure weekend. Meanwhile, Tom and Donna force Ben to join them for a day of relaxation, and Chris finds a reason to spend time with Jerry. Written by NBC Publicity

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Rob Lowe's character, Chris, introduces himself to Jerry's daughter as her father's "much younger friend." In fact, Lowe is just 2 years younger than Jim O'Heir, the actor who plays Jerry. See more »


Leslie Knope compliments one of the Pawnee Goddesses on her "homemade bulgogi" during their outdoor dinner. Bulgogi is a Korean dish made from thinly sliced grilled beef or pork, but Leslie is clearly eating a bowl full of noodles. See more »


Leslie Knope: Okay, so what did everyone make for their loosely-structured craft time? Lauren?
Lauren: I made a Gertrude stein!
[holds up stein with Gertrude's face on it]
Leslie Knope: [applauding] Amazing! Lauren, that's so good! I really wouldn't want to follow that.
Leslie Knope: Ann?
Ann Perkins: Oh, boy. Umm, I... was making some corn husk dolls for everyone, but they... kinda turned out wrong so they look like monsters.
[holds up grotesque doll]
Ann Perkins: [long, awkward pause] I'm sorry. I'm just gonna...
[walks across cabin]
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Treat Yo Self!!!
26 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Season 4 has a handful of "classic" Parks and Rec episodes. These are the episodes that are tightly written and have memorable lines or scenes that fans of the show mention constantly. "Pawnee Rangers" is a classic episode, not only because it has a great main plotline, but also because it introduces the phrase "Treat Yo Self." If the writers knew that would catch on so quickly and become so popular, they would have probably just named the entire episode after it.

The main story centers around Ron and Leslie leading their two completely different troops (The Pawnee Rangers and Pawnee Goddesses) together on a camping trip. Ron's leadership style is much more stern and tough while Leslie's is more playful and supportive. This initiates conflict and jealously between the two troops and eventually leads to a debate and merger.

I love when the show collides both Ron and Leslie's personalities. Both characters who are completely different people, somehow find a way to get a long, but it's never easy. It's one of the show's messages, that despite being in conflict or completely different from others, you can still find ways to see the good in one another and get a long. The children in the troops are perfectly cast and whenever Ron and Leslie are forced to butt heads, it's always a joy to watch.

Now, what puts "Pawnee Rangers" above most other episodes in the season, and even the entire series, is its fantastic side-plot. Not since Season 2's "Practice Date" have I seen such a great side-plot from this series. Tom and Donna (who has rarely been funnier) have their annual day where they go out and buy themselves things. (That doesn't sound as catchy as treat yo self). They decide to bring Ben a long, who they see sitting alone on a bench eating soup. This plotline not only gives us the great pairing of Tom and Donna, but we also see Ben trying to fit in, but is just way to uptight to enjoy himself the way Tom and Donna do. There are many great scenes, but the best has to be towards the end which I won't spoil but involves a character crying in a very amusing way.

Overall, "Pawnee Rangers" is the show at its best and certainly one of the best of Season 4. We get a great main storyline where the show's two best characters (Ron and Leslie) butt heads. Also there is an arguably even better side-plot that introduces one of the show's best catchphrases. It's full of many great moments and is hilarious from beginning to end. Go ahead and treat yo self and watch this episode!...(Sorry)

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